MORE SEMA INFO:
HIGH SPRINGS, Florida — Dodge has no plans to offer a Challenger convertible, which provides Coach Builders Ltd. an open shot at muscle car enthusiasts looking for an alternative to the popular Ford Mustang drop top. Now in final preparations for its official debut at the upcoming 2008 SEMA Show, the Coach Builders Dodge Challenger convertible will be shown alongside the company's Chrysler 300C and Cadillac CTS convertible conversions.
Coach Builders' Larry Moran told Inside Line that production of the Challenger convertible will begin on November 15, and that the company is "already taking deposits for getting a place in line." The Challenger convertible conversion is priced at $16,000, Moran said. A 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 currently costs $41,695 including shipping charges and gas-guzzler tax, so expect to pay nearly $58,000 for open-air Challenger motoring.
Moran also says that "custom interiors, performance options and wheels and tires" will be offered, but the details "are not firmed up yet." The car that will debut at SEMA was fortified with a Vortech Supercharger that bumps the 6.1-liter Hemi V8 to 560 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It rides slightly lower on a KW coil-over suspension kit and 22-inch Foose Challenger wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.
The convertible conversion reinforces the Challenger with strut bars hidden inside the trunk instead of a visible roll bar, and the acrylic polyester cloth hydraulic top is padded between the structure and the exterior fabric for sound and temperature insulation. A heated glass rear window and matching fabric headliner are also included.
Dodge Challenger SRT8 @ the Track
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DODGE CHALLENGER SRT8:
The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a muscle car, right? An American muscle
car. So naturally, the first thing I want to do when I jump behind the
wheel is a big American smoky burnout.
"Not here," says Pete Gladysz, the Dodge guy babysitting our test car and
riding shotgun, as he looks around the leafy, tranquil residential street
we're on in the middle of Pasadena. "Wait 'till we get to the track."
Gladysz, powertrain senior manager for Chrysler LLC's SRT Group, sounds
serious. So I wait.
Honda Civic Hybrid vs. Honda Fit Sport Comparo
SEE THE FULL COMPARO:
They're not fast, they don't corner hard and they're certainly not the most
pulse-quickening cars we've ever tested at Inside Line. But if
fuel-efficiency and utility are priority items in your next car purchase,
then the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and 2009 Honda Fit Sport are unbelievable
Combining economic operation and utility like few other cars sold today,
either of these Hondas is a responsible choice for the buyer looking to
save fuel, minimize emissions and haul the family. Each has its own unique
qualities — important distinctions that can't be overlooked.
The question, then, is which is the better car? To figure it out, for two
weeks we used the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and the 2009 Honda Fit as they're
designed to be used. We drove them to work, loaded our families in them,
packed our groceries in them and took them to the track to measure their
performance. We argued the merits of the Civic's superb fuel economy vs.
the Fit's exceptional utility.
In doing so, we designed this test to suit the priorities of a buyer
looking for reasonably priced utilitarian transportation. Accordingly, fuel
economy and price make up the majority of each car's total score at 25
percent each. Performance, feature content and our 29-point evaluation
score make up 15 percent each, while editors' personal and recommended
picks combine for the remaining 5 percent.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Unleashed @ 2008 SEMA
FOR FULL SEMA COVERAGE:
LAS VEGAS — Ford gave journalists an early look today at the F-150 SVT
Raptor, a high-performance off-road truck that will make its world debut at
the 2008 SEMA Show.
Designed for hard-core off-road use, the F-150 SVT Raptor gets a long list
of suspension upgrades along with unique bodywork and an optional 6.2-liter
V8 engine. The Raptor is the first application of the new 6.2-liter V8 and
although its specifications haven't been finalized, Ford officials said to
expect around 400 horsepower and 400
pound-feet of torque.
A 5.4-liter 3-valve V8 is the standard engine. Both engines are backed by a
six-speed automatic transmission. All Raptors will come standard with
four-wheel drive and a locking rear differential.
Suspension upgrades include new upper and lower A-arms up front, retuned
leaf springs in back and a set of race-quality Fox Racing Shox that combine
to allow up to 11.2 inches of travel up front and 13.4 inches in back.
The track is 7 inches wider than a standard F-150, so the Raptor also gets
wider front and rear fenders along with longer half-shafts and a revised
tie rod to maintain proper suspension geometry. The standard 17-inch wheels
are cast aluminum while the specially designed BFGoodrich tires measure
The interior features bucket seats with additional side bolstering,
metallic door trim, a unique SVT instrument panel and a set of
console-mounted auxiliary switches for owner-installed accessories.
Ford officials said they expect to begin production of the F-150 SVT Raptor
in the summer of 2009.
Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Exclusive Performance Test
CHECK OUT THE 2009 CHALLENGER SRT8 PERFORMANCE TEST:
ENGLISHTOWN, New Jersey — Following the official introduction of the 2009
Dodge Challenger SRT8 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown,
New Jersey, we conducted our own independent testing of the 425-horsepower coupe, now
available with a six-speed manual transmission for the new model year.
This is the very first chance to test the performance of Chrysler's new
muscle car with the combination of the SRT 6.1-liter Hemi V8 and the Tremec
six-speed manual transmission. The data includes 0-60-mph acceleration,
quarter-mile performance, braking distance and slalom speed, as well as
insight from IL's test driver.
Chrysler based its introduction of the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, RT and
SE at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, a traditional stop for the NHRA's
professional drag-racing championship. Thanks to our portable Racelogic
VBOX III testing gear, we were able to use the track for performance
testing, although the lack of a suitable plot of pavement precluded skid
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its 425-hp 6.1-liter V8 and six-speed
manual transmission accelerated to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds (5.2 seconds with
1 foot of rollout), then reached the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 103.0
mph. This compares to the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its five-speed
automatic that achieved 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (4.8 seconds with 1 foot of
rollout) and completed the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds at 107.5 mph.
We're surprised that the 2008 Challenger SRT8 with its automatic
transmission has the edge in speed here, but we were slightly suspicious at
the time that it had an unusually healthy engine. In comparison, the engine
of this 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with its manual transmission seemed
slightly sick during our testing. In the end, we're still left with some
questions about the comparative performance of automatic and manual
transmissions in this car.
Dodge Challenger 1970
Ground up restoration, 360 performance engine. Fast street machine!
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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: 707 Horsepower? Hell Yeah! – Ignition Ep. 116
On this episode of Ignition, presented by Universal Technical Institute,
Carlos Lago drives the most powerful production muscle car on the market:
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. While it isn’t the most powerful
production V-8 in the world (which loses to the $1 million McLaren P1 by 20
hp before electric motors), the Hellcat’s 707 hp rating seems too
incredible to believe -- especially when you consider the cost. The
question is whether this Challenger has any brain to go along with its
extreme brawn. Through a trip to the Dyno, the test track, the road,
and a standing mile, we find out.
Ignition appears every other Monday on the Motor Trend youtube channel.
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The World's First 2009 Widebody Dodge Challenger
Check out the world's first wide-body 2009 Dodge Challenger that was custom
built by expertise fabricator Topo and JW Motorsports in Bellflower,
California. The Challenger was a crowd favorite at this year's SEMA and
features 24-inch front and 26-inch rear custom-built Asanti wheels. What
they did was bring out the body four inches to fit that 7-inch lip. They
also lowered the suspension and added custom Exhaust for more horsepower. At night, the
cars reflectors make it more noticeable and give it a bit of personality
when rolling down the street. Check out dubmagazine.com for more info.
American Hustle| 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 vs 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs 2015 Ford Mustang GT
The Chevrolet Camaro
Z/28, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the Ford Mustang GT prove the Big Three
aren’t just back, they’re taking names and slapping in-your-face
high-fives each time they humiliate a sniffy rival. On tap are mind-bending
Mans moves, cutting-edge electronic gizmos, and designs that, at a glance,
can squeeze an adrenal gland dry in seconds. This is American Hustle, circa
2015, and it’s so damn fabulous we’re black and blue from pinching
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First Test: 2010 SMS 570 Challenger
Associate Editor Scott Evans is out at the Motor Trend test track to find
out how fast the all-new 2010 SMS 570 Challenger is.
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FIRST DRIVE: 2008 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT8
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Challenger, the name says it all. With the Mustang as the King of the Road, and
with the media circus surrounding the upcoming Camaro, you couldn't find a more
suitable name for Dodge's new muscle car.